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Third lane opens to traffic on M2

Sign at Sandyknowes roundabout
The new lane starts at Sandyknowes roundabout

The third lane of the M2 has opened to traffic between the Sandyknowes and Greencastle junctions.

The new lane on the Belfast-bound carriageway should make it easier for traffic to join the motorway at Sandyknowes.

Other improvements to the motorway are due to be finished later in May.

Roy Spiers, of Roads Service, said: "Drivers using the road should take extra care until they become familiar with the new road markings."

Mr Spiers also thanked drivers for their patience and co-operation throughout the period of the works which began in March 2007.

One motorist told BBC Radio Ulster that the new lane had cut half an hour from their commute into Belfast but another driver said it was just pushing congestion problems closer to the city centre.

Minister for Regional Development Conor Murphy said: "The opening of the third lane marks a significant milestone in these works, which are now almost complete."

The M2 Improvements Scheme has also involved widening the country-bound carriageway of the M2 over Greencastle junction and replacing the Hightown, Collin and Longlands Bridges.

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